As Managing Director, Elisabeth is deeply committed to CHPS’ priorities of healthy learning environments, wise use of resources, and minimal waste. She is also an energetic proponent of a strong operational foundation for schools. She is a Certified Energy Manager with more than 25 years of professional experience in environmental policy implementation, program management, and community activism. Elisabeth contributes to CHPS a unique strategic vision that combines both technical and industry expertise with managerial best practices. Elisabeth has a prior background with CHPS having directed the Green Schools Initiative (MA-CHPS program) for the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center. During her tenure, she oversaw completion of the 2009 update to the MA-CHPS criteria and the Post-Occupancy Study of the first round of schools built under MA-CHPS. Her expertise spans several industries, which include forestry management, water/wastewater management, open space planning, watershed management, and community development. She specializes in environmental justice and healthy communities, skills she honed while working with the Massachusetts Department of Community Development, where she spearheaded the adoption of a green building policy for housing development and was part of an inter-agency team focused on sustainable development. She holds a B.A. in English Literature from Michigan State University and an M.A. in Energy & Environmental Studies from Boston University.